What happens if you eat only meat
It is possible to live without meat, and there will be no harm to health from this (if the diet is correctly drawn up). Vegetarians have proven this from their own experience. And what will happen if you eat only meat? Nothing good. Such a diet leads to metabolic disorders in the body, which affects almost all organs and systems.
1. Vitamin C deficiency
The meat contains many vitamins E, group B, iron. But there is practically no vitamin C in it, with the exception of the liver and kidneys. So when eating only meat products, a person runs the risk of getting a deficiency of this important vitamin, and with a long “meat” diet, his acute shortage in the body. This means low resistance to infections, frequent colds, weakness and fatigue.
In the future, in the absence of vitamin C, scurvy develops – red dots spill throughout the body – hemorrhages, which is caused by the fragility of blood vessels. Gums bleed, teeth loose and fall out. The skin turns gray, the eyes sag. Blood pressure decreases. Muscle pain occurs, which limits movement. In severe cases, everything can be fatal.
2. Lack of fiber
Fiber, or dietary fiber, is a complex carbohydrate in chemical composition. It is not digested, but, acting as an adsorbent, absorbs all the harmful substances from the intestines and removes them. In addition, it helps intestinal motility, dilutes the stool, preventing the occurrence of constipation. It binds simple carbohydrates and fats, contributing to weight loss. Improves the microflora of the colon. It removes cholesterol from the body.
The diet should be varied to avoid bowel problems.
Dietary fiber is absent in meat, so when you eat only meat, the body will experience a deficiency of fiber. And this will cause disruption of the gastrointestinal tract, or rather, the syndrome of the lethargic intestine – constipation, flatulence, heaviness in the abdomen. Constipation from meat is a common occurrence in those who are used to eating meat dishes without a side dish containing fiber. The accumulation of slag in the body causes an unpleasant body odor. There are problems with excess weight, blood vessels.
3. Imbalance in the intestinal microflora
For the development of intestinal microflora, carbohydrates are necessary. When eating only meat, the beneficial bacteria involved in the fermentation process are inhibited and the process of decay begins in the colon.
4. Violation of calcium metabolism
Protein needs calcium to digest it. If there is a lot of protein food, then the calcium that enters the body with food is not enough. Compensating for this lack, the body takes calcium from the bones. Bones become fragile, osteoporosis develops.
In turn, a large amount of calcium entering the kidneys and bladder leads to disruption of the urinary organs. Inflammatory processes develop in the kidneys and bladder, stones begin to form.
5. Increased uric acid levels
During the digestion and breakdown of proteins, uric acid is formed (not to be confused with urea!). With an excess of meat in the diet, the level of uric acid in the blood rises, which leads to gout – a disease characterized by the deposition of uric acid salts in the tissues. With gout, joints are most often affected.
Protein digestible from meat provokes gout
Gout causes severe pain in the joints, but its danger is that it gives complications to the heart and blood vessels, causing high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure.
6. Increasing cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is partially produced in the body and partially comes from food, mainly from meat. When eating exclusively meat food, the level of cholesterol in the body rises significantly. Cholesterol is deposited on the vessels, clogging them and causing atherosclerosis. It is dangerous for the development of coronary heart disease, strokes, myocardial infarction.
7. Protein poisoning
This is perhaps the most serious consequence of the “meat” diet. The fact is that during the digestion and splitting of meat, the toxic substance ammonia is formed. In the liver, ammonia is neutralized, turning into urea, which is excreted in the urine. But if there is too much meat, the liver is overloaded, ammonia does not have time to disintegrate and enters the kidneys. Due to the large amount of ammonia, the kidneys fail.
Signs of protein poisoning are loss of strength, nausea, heartburn, bloating, heaviness in the stomach, dizziness, smell of ammonia from the mouth.
In older people, breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, severe weakness after physical exertion are possible.
But what about the Eskimos?
Indeed, Eskimos eat exclusively meat without any special health consequences. There are several reasons for this.
Firstly, genetic features. In the process of evolution, this people has adapted to such a diet. In Eskimos, in comparison with other peoples, the liver and bladder are large.